An impressive line-up of speakers will participate in this year's Speaker Series at ARBS 2018 to be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney from May 8-10.

Registration and full program information will be available from this Friday, February 23 at

Highlights from day one of ARBS will include a presentation on next generation Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD) tools.

The CSIRO will present the latest findings from a range of real-world FDD case studies in commercial buildings (offices, airports, museums, and retail) where six different FDD Solutions from Australian service providers were implemented.

A case study highlighting the unique features of Sydney ICC’s central energy plant is also planned with presentations by the lead consulting engineers and contractors behind the $1.5 billion redevelopment.

Speakers will address project challenges and key lessons learnt. It also includes a site tour of ICC's central chiller plantroom to experience the system in operation.

Another highlight from day one is a panel of industry experts addressing the question: Is Australia ready for low GWP refrigerants?

Discussions will focus on practical applications for HVACR professionals and what needs to be considered when selecting and using low GWP refrigerants. Another panel session planned for day two of ARBS 2018 is entitled: The modern technician - the future of the refrigeration trade.

The panel session will explore barriers and opportunities to the uptake of refrigeration apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia and proposed changes to training packages.

Presenters will discuss the importance of attracting a diverse range of people into trades training and outline what is required to support their successful completion and ensure the level of skill required to meet future workforce needs.

A tour is also planned for the Barangaroo South District Cooling site following a presentation on the project from 'concept to operation'. A significant contributor to achieving its carbon positive goal is the district cooling system that provides chilled water to all types of buildings within the development.

The presentation will explore challenges including laying the foundations of a workable sustainability strategy; the precinct wide cooling design concepts and strategies employed; integrating the detailed design of the commercial building’s cooling systems; and the transition from construction to the required operating performance. The tour covers Barangaroo South, a landmark development on the shores of Darling Harbour and one of only 18 projects globally to be a part of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s C40 carbon positive development program.

Another presentation that is likely to attract a lof of interest is entitled Net-Zero Buildings: Australia’s vision for a carbon positive future. Join GBCA, NABERS, the Department of Environment and Energy, and AMP Capital to discuss the trends for net-zero buildings in Australia and what this means for the HVACR industry.

Presenters will outline a vision for a carbon positive future including the outcomes required to achieve a permanent transition for the building sector and explore opportunities to future proof business success in a low-carbon economy.

Day three presentations include Big Data – Is it hype or the future? This session will explore 'big data analytics – academic or real world (focus on analytical methods)' as well as 'data collection – best practice/data integrity' and 'data management and artificial intelligence.'

One topic that has generated a lot of interest over the past 12 months is Legionnaires disease. Recent outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in Sydney and Melbourne CBDs have highlighted the need for interventions to firmly address building services design and maintenance practices.

A session is planned which will describe systems most at risk and outline control mechanisms proven to be effective. The changes to regulations including the need to apply risk management principles will also be covered.

Increased awareness of the impact of refrigeration and air conditioning on the environment continues to change the way industry think and act when making decisions for the future.

A special presentation is planned to provide the audience with a clear understanding of how HFO’s combined with diverse refrigeration architectures are already positively impacting the industry, through improvements in; energy efficiency, refrigerant charge / leak reduction, total cost of ownership and reduced overall environmental impact.

Research into PV cells driving domestic air-conditioning units will be presented on day three of ARBS. The presentation will explore the project ‘Stand-alone Solar Powered Air-Conditioning System’ which aims to analyse the feasibility of running a system with renewable energy that is generated on-site.

The results will be a good indication of what the future may hold for PV powered air conditioning systems, for both small-scale (residential and light commercial) and large-scale applications.

ARBS 2018 is an opportunity for the industry to see all the latest products, talk to manufacturers and distributors about new innovations and enjoy many of the social activities including the awards presentation dinner.

Pre-registration for the Speaker Series is available online at

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